After many were found to have ignored the authorities’ warning to avoid camping and hiking in certain areas during this rainy season, the authorities are mooting to take legal action against those who remained stubborn.
According to The Star, Johor police chief Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat once again reminded Malaysians to heed the authorities warning to prevent any unwanted incidents.
“This is a reminder as there are still some stubborn individuals who do not follow the rules.”
“There are still some camping and hiking trips being carried out on the hillside despite the authorities having banned recreational activities in forest reserves throughout the state,” Kamarul was quoted as saying.
He said that the police had on 20 December rescued a 57-year-old man after he was reported missing while hiking in Gunung Pulai, which is now closed to the public. The man, who went hiking in Gunung Pulai alone, was found exhausted by search-and-rescue team.
Kamarul said the man had been sent to the hospital for a medical check-up.
“The man has trespassed into the area, which is temporarily off-limits to the public. We will take action against anyone,” he warned.
Avoid coastal areas
Meanwhile, the Civil Defence Force (APM) has warned the public to avoid avoid coastal areas and water activities during this monsoon season.
Kedah APM deputy chief Major Mohd Muaz Mohd Yusoff said the high-tide phenomenon was expected to hit not only Kedah but the whole country. “The public must be alert at all times especially when they go to high-risk areas such as beaches,” he said.
He said the high tide is expected to happen from today (21 December) until 28 December, with waves going as high as 3.3m, which is dangerous to swimmers and small fishing boats.
Among the high-risk areas in Kedah are Pantai Cenang in Langkawi, Pantai Merdeka in Kuala Muda and Kuala Kedah.
Avoid electrical hazards
At the same time, Mohd Muaz also advised the public to avoid using electrical appliances during floods due to the risk of being electrocuted.
“People should avoid places with electrical cable to avoid being electrocuted. Do not touch fallen electrical poles or broken cables during floods or rains. Never use them as a clothes hanger,” he warned.
As for those living in low-lying and flood-prone areas, they are advised to be alert about rising water levels, as well as to turn off the main electrical distribution board and disconnect all electrical appliances from power sockets before the flood hits.
By doing so, it disconnects all electrical appliances from power sockets and thus, prevents electrocution.